Blizzard Pokes Fun at Star Wars Battlefront 2 With Starcraft 2 F2P Tweets

Written by Neil Soutter on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 5:29 PM
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Blizzard’s noticed all is not well over in the EA camp with Star Wars Battlefront 2, finding time to have a cheeky pop at its pay-to-win mechanics. StarCraft 2 relaunched as a free-to-play title yesterday, granting players with unfettered access to the original game plus all the multiplayer units from the Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void expansion packs.

There’s no tricks or hidden costs to StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty’s free-to-play experience and Blizzard was only too happy to rub this in EA’s face.

In a couple of tweets that popped up on the official StarCraft Twitter account overnight, Blizzard said “ "Number of hours it takes to earn the full StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Campaign: 0." Zing.

That, of course, references the hours upon hours it can take to unlock SW: Battlefront 2’s playable heroes. To unlock everything, estimates suggest would require 4528 hours of gameplay. That would require playing Battlefront 2, 24 hours a day, for 189 days. Or, the purchase of 3,000 Loot Crates at a grand total of $2100. 

The Tweet was then followed by another pop at EA, this time saying “Number of pay-to-win mechanics in StarCraft II: 0 Free to Play - Now Live!”

At least Blizzard’s capable of finding some amusement in all of this sorry mess, even if it is just a superficial method of scoring cheap marketing points. I don’t think the irony of Activision-Blizzard criticising microtransactions is lost on anyone either. Blizzard is a PC gaming darling, but it’s also a pioneer of games as a service, loot crates and microtransactions. It just helps that its games are really, really, really quite good.

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10:24 Nov-17-2017

YES! Now let's do this to all games, because fack micro-transactions!

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23:48 Nov-17-2017

Amen!

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17:53 Nov-16-2017

It;s a good move to release a classic for free to the fans.
However this is the B (Blizzard) side. It's good we didn't have to see the A (Activision) side of things.


(This is an audio cassette reference) :D

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18:33 Nov-16-2017

Unfortunately they are both of the same tape tho.

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15:29 Nov-17-2017

Yeah and that's the sad part

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12:34 Nov-16-2017

These tweets have a hint of bitterness in them. I'm getting a feeling that guys who wrote them are also fans of star wars and are frustrated by these schemes Ea has pulled. They could be gamers too...it also could just be my imagination lol

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05:23 Nov-16-2017

Blizzard is a lawful good paladin who is being possessed by the evil demon called Activision.

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07:58 Nov-16-2017

Actually Blizzard is owned by Activision-Blizzard and Activision is owned by Activision-Blizzard.
They merged, they did NOT buy the other.

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13:51 Nov-16-2017

Their merging is like merging of Ner'zhul and Arthas with former being Activision and latter being Blizzard.

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12:55 Nov-16-2017

Ugh... if we are gonna compare Blizzard to a warcraft character, then its gonna be Deathwing, pretending to be a Noble Lord, enchanting everyone to like em and pulling on strings, behind the scene (I think this was in the first book "Day of the dragon"?)

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13:52 Nov-16-2017

I think Blizzard is Arthas/Kerrigan.

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16:21 Nov-16-2017

mm their goals were pretty straight forward... I would say someone more devious / cloak-n-dagger like

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17:59 Nov-16-2017

Well, Deathwing is obviously evil inside, no matter how he looks from outside. I think Blizzard is like someone who is stuck between good and evil. Arthas is pretty close to Blizzard in my opinion. Both started their quests with a pure heart but as they wanted more power they strayed from their path, as they gained more power their lust for more power also increased, until they became what they used to fight against. Of course Blizzard wasn't defending a kingdom against undead but they used to treat their games as art. Making artful games was their quest. You can think of Activision as Ner'zhul, Activision-Blizzard as Lich King and microtransactions as Frostmourne.

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11:09 Nov-17-2017

Alright, you got a point xD

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03:31 Nov-16-2017

Ha, blizzard after starcraft 2 all the game you make are riddled with MT that you would puke blood by just looking at it and no longer even containing Single player content as good as sc2 or Warcraft 3.


edit: Blizzard always defends their MT/Lootboxes as " you cant critique our game cause "It's only Cosmetic" bull no harm done to players and . sigh I

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08:42 Nov-16-2017

yes MT's that do not affect your experience playing a game.... and they come out with free content too.... so much evil as they continue to support even their oldest games.

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11:14 Nov-16-2017

Cosmetic items DO effect gameplay. They may not effect your gameplay, but most people who play MMOs care very much about aesthetics. So much so that they grind and farm for specefic items just so they can look cool. WoW is a perfect example. How many people have days worth of time into farming Rivendare's steed?

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12:02 Nov-16-2017

well at least back in the days those cosmetic comes in dlc bundle which gamer criticized but now you gotta pray to RNGesus just to get the things you want and people actually defend this. Imagine if back then Bethesda ES:Oblivion horse armor dlc are tied with lootboxes.hha

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21:36 Nov-15-2017

Meanwhile they release more content than one can obtain via playing the game during the anniversary event, therefore forcing players to pay for lootboxes. That is until they were forced to give a double XP weekend when players got pissed.

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09:09 Nov-16-2017

No one's forced to buy a lootbox to get a skin.

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11:21 Nov-16-2017

You say that like it's true. They change the gameplay, they force you to go to the store, they subtley hint that you really need them. Yeah, it's not putting a gun to your head, but it doesn't mean it's not predatory and that it's not taking advantage of people.

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13:05 Nov-16-2017

But it's 100% true lol. I think there's a very clear distinction between a new outfit and a box that has performance enhancements inside it. Want and need are two very different things. To be clear, I'm not saying it's great Overwatch has loot crates, but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really have any impact beyond obsessive collectors. Those types of people will just find something else to collect in something else if loot boxes are removed. For everyone else, the occasional box with a skin in is literally just a nice bonus for playing.

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18:38 Nov-16-2017

You are correct until the events kick in, which are time limited. The limit on time is where it gets ****ed up. I grinded non-stop for two weeks, and I had no job at the time, and only got half of the content for the anniversary event. And that's with their double XP weekend. You couldn't unlock it all in time before it ran out. So if you want an emote, skin, or voiceline to express yourself in the game with, you got shafted because of the limited time and the random nature of unlocking rewards.

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18:44 Nov-16-2017

I also agree that Battlefront is worse in this regard as they give you in-game advantages. I'm simply saying that Blizzard making fun of EA is like calling the kettle black since they have their own unethical methods.

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19:32 Nov-16-2017

Plenty of people gain enoy having their characters look cool, and if enjoyment doesn't have a clear impact on a game then I really don't know what the f*ck does. Why don't you quit being an apologist, or you too afraid that EA isn't going to give Game Debate an advanced copy of Battlefront 2?

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18:58 Nov-15-2017

4,528 Hours or $2100 to unlock everything in Battlefront 2 after EA's new adjustments. Check this out

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19:44 Nov-15-2017

So basically they adjusted jack s*it just as I thought they did.

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21:11 Nov-15-2017

who knows, maybe they did adjust things, so who knows how long it took before that... -_-

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22:32 Nov-15-2017

Oh they adjusted one part that people were complaining about the most, and then adjusted something else to negate what the first adjustment did. Very dirty indeed.

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21:39 Nov-15-2017

The last article referencing the reddit post - wasn't the total number of hours something like 180 ?

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10:20 Nov-16-2017

For that price range. I could've bought an ultimate gaming laptop with dual GPU'S!


While for that long hours to play. I could've played a lot of games from that 4,528 hours or 189 days!

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14:36 Nov-16-2017

Yeah now multiply that 189 by 2 because no one plays 24 hours a day. Round it off to 12 hours a day instead. Better yet multiply by 3 because most people don't play more than 8 hours a day. So I fully agree. It is ridiculous. Money and time could be better spent almost anywhere else.

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09:12 Nov-17-2017

12 hours a day? I don't know anyone that has that much time. To spend 12 hours a day playing games your either independently wealthy or on welfare (not saying that's wrong). No working Joe has that much time. Try 4 hours a day, and that's if you're pretty hardcore.

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18:24 Nov-15-2017

coughs Hearthstone impossible to play without putting a 2nd mortgage on your house. coughs continues to milk WoW players for every penny they can by charging them both for a subscription and all of the expansions on top of that. coughs cash shop in D3.........Those who live in glass houses Blizzard.... those who live in glass houses....should probably not throw stones. ;)

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18:28 Nov-15-2017

Exactly. I don't know why they post something like this. Unnecessary.

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18:33 Nov-15-2017

Oh, don't get me wrong..... we should all be laughing at EA right now..... they're infinitely out of touch with their customers and deserve all the criticism they're getting and more...... but Blizzard should be quietly backing away trying to escape notice.... not shoveling coal onto the fire, because they're arguably just as bad as EA xD

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00:08 Nov-16-2017

Man, I'm praying for EA to fire back at Blizzard, and have them both rip on each other.

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10:15 Nov-16-2017

@Robscura How would EA fire back at blizzard if they got the worst service than the blizzard? Blizzard has decided and released starcraft 2 as free to play since 2 days ago. What does EA have since they don't have free games?

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12:00 Nov-16-2017

@Foxtrot Just to be fair, EA gives away free games all the time in Origin... most of my Origin game library is made up from games they gave for free...... let's see there's Mass effect 2, Syberia 2, SIMs 2, Dungeon keeper, Plants vs Zombies, Medal of Honor, Nox, Jade Empire, Dead in Bermuda, Steamworld Dig, Peggle, Ultima VIII, Syndicate, Theme Hospital, Zumas Revenge.
Didn't pay a dime for any of those games... you just have to log into Origin every now and then and check "On the house".

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16:24 Nov-16-2017

ugh... Mass effect is a bad example - even after 7 years, only the base game is cheap or free during a give-away and some of the important story content is locked behind paid DLCs (especially in ME3)

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18:32 Nov-15-2017

I agree about Hearthstone.I did not play for like a year and tried getting back into it recently.There is no way that is going to happen since i lack all the cards from the newer expansions.I'm getting rekt playing others.No way i can get back into it without spending money, and that's something i'm not going to do.

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18:23 Nov-15-2017

Are these unlock estimates based off of the old prices or new prices

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18:21 Nov-15-2017

Now I can play it with friends, hell yeah!

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18:18 Nov-15-2017

I approve. Good job Blizzard!

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17:45 Nov-15-2017

ahahahaha well,good to hear that.EA is gonna lose a lot.Nothing will fix what they've done.They should have kept it simple like old battlefront games,no loot crates,free multiplayer .

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